Men of Integrity – Men of Mercy

At the 19th annual Catholic Men’s Conference Feb. 13, Father Larry Richards challenged 600 men to be “men of integrity” and “men of mercy.” During a wide ranging two-part presentation at the Humphrey Auditorium at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Father Richards said a commitment to prayer is essential to being a follower of Christ….

Let the healing begin

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Priests all over the Diocese of St. Cloud are preparing for the Festival of Forgiveness March 4. The sacrament of reconciliation will be available at designated churches around the diocese for 12 hours from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. All are invited to participate in this special Year of Mercy…

Shrine profile – St. Peregrine Shrine, Collegeville

Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Year of Mercy beginning Dec. 8, 2015, and ending Nov. 20, 2016. Bishop Donald Kettler has designated places of pilgrimage and shrines within the St. Cloud Diocese for this Holy Year, inviting the faithful to experience grace and reconciliation as they rediscover joy in the mercy of God. A pilgrimage…

Actors, audiences are ‘head over heels’ for Cathedral’s ‘Buzz’ play

Brandon Hernandez has always been excited about theater. So when the Cathedral sophomore heard about the play “Buzz” that his school theater department was performing for area elementary schools, he said he was “head over heels” interested in auditioning. The play tells the story of Benny Bee, a young bee who buzzes differently than the…

First Hispanic marriage retreat renews couples and community

The diocese’s first Hispanic marriage retreat, “Encuentro de Parejas,” was held Sunday, Feb. 14, at St. Mary School and Church in Melrose. The daylong event drew 78 couples from the diocese and as far away as Moorhead, Crookston and Minneapolis. “We have been married 20 years and this was the first time we came to…

Workshops to shed light on growing need for Hispanic ministry

Having three Hispanic seminarians in her parish administration course this year helped Barbara Sutton, director of field education and ministerial formation at St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary, to recognize the growing need for pastoral leaders in Hispanic ministry. Sutton contacted Hosffman Ospino, assistant professor of Hispanic ministry and religious education at Boston College,…

Bishop moving ahead with St. Cloud-area schools plan

The Visitor After reviewing a steering committee’s recommendations sent to him in December, Bishop Donald Kettler is moving forward with the plan to create Catholic Community Schools. “It’s an important desire of mine that all of our Catholic schools work together in every way possible, and this is the way we need to go forward,”…

Franciscan sisters to celebrate 125th year with key events

Since 1891, the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls have stayed true to Gospel living, serving those on the margins and respecting all of creation. In this 125th year since their founding, they are committed to remaining true to their roots. This quasquicentennial year opens the door to look back with gratitude, celebrate their mission and…

Service, relationship-building part of sisters’ 125-year legacy

Visitor editor Joe Towalski recently interviewed Sister Beatrice Eichten, community minister of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls. The following excerpts from the interview were edited for length and clarity. Q: What are some of the similarities and some of the differences between living in the community today compared to 125 years ago? A: There’s…

CRS Rice Bowl recipes #2 and #3: Laos and Rwanda — with video

Doing more with less at Lent For each week of Lent, The Visitor is highlighting Catholic Relief Services’ work with a story and simple, meatless recipe from a country the agency serves. Place the money saved into your CRS Rice Bowl to feed our brothers and sisters in need around the world. At the end…